Yes, I have a thing for Austen. I didn’t realize how extensive it was till I started digging through my collection.


It has even snuck into my knitting. On my to due list Darcy Shawlette,

The Dashwood Sisters Shawl and the Miss Woodhouse Shawlette

I have the famous novels… a few copies of each

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Seven Great English Classics (sc)

The Complete Works of Jane Austen (2 ebooks)

Short fiction

Unfinished fiction

and ebook copies too, because you can’t go anywhere without Jane!

All of the above on Kobo Glow, Kobo Arc and Sony ereader.


Films, Audio tapes, and Ebooks 

Death at Pemberley by PD. James (audio)

Pride and Prejudice (DVD 1995) A&E starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle (the best!)

And the more recent Pride and Prejudice (2005)

and an older BBC version.

Bride and Prejudice (2004) Bollywood musical (enjoyed it)

Persuasion (1995) – my fav

Sense and Sensibility (2008 – VHS) Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant (the best)

Emma (1996) Kate Beckinsale (best of the two)

Emma (1996) Gwynth Paltrow (not as good)

I also indulge in continuations of her novels and there are a lot out there.

My favourites are by Linda Berdoll,


*Mr Darcy takes a Wife and *Darcy and Elizabeth

My comment: Miss Austen, being as single lady of her age and time, probably would have been shocked by this more realistic view of married life. This is the Darcy and Lizzie you imagine as a married couple! I am so fond of these books, originally owned them in trade paperback, I also purchased them in ebook!

Some other  delightful series

 Sharon Lathan has also written a rather good series related to Pride and Prejudice. This series sounds more Austen.


  1. *Mr & Mrs Fitzwiliam Darcy: Two shall become one
  2. *Loving Mr. Darcy
  3. My Dearest Mr. Darcy
  4. In the Arms of Mr. Darcy (Don’t have)
  5. Miss Darcy falls in Love
  6. The Trouble with Mr. Darcy
  7. The Passions of Mr. Darcy (the story of Darcy’s Uncle George)
  8. A Darcy Christmas (Don’t have)

I have also been collecting the Pemberley Chronicals by Rebecca Ann Collins


  1. *The Pemberley Chronicles
  2. *The Women of Pemberley
  3. Netherfield Park Revisited
  4. The Ladies of Longbourn
  5. Mr Darcy’s Daughter (don’t have)
  6. My Cousin Caroline
  7. Postscript from Pemberley (don’t have)
  8. Recollections of Rosings (don’t have)
  9. A Woman of Influence
  10. The Legacy of Pemberley (don’t have)

  I like this series but Austen’s voice is missing.

Rebecca Ann Collins has also written Expectations of Happiness a follow-up to Sense and Sensibility


Found these in ebook format

Georgiana’s Diary by Anna Elliott eb. a free ebook

and Colonel Brandon’s Diary by Amanda Grange eb. preview I am seriously thinking about purchasing this one. Has anyone read it?

Some other recent finds:


I also have a collection of short stories *Dancing with Mr. Darcy

How about from Darcy’s point of view

*Darcy’s Passion by Regina Jeffers – Don’t let the title through you it isn’t bad

*Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion by Regina Jeffers  sc.- Rather good till just before the end. Spys and nonsence creeps in. 4/5th of the book is worth reading.

How about letters, and Diaries?

Austen began writing in this form then moved to the more conventional novel format. I enjoy epistolary books (letters) and Diaries.

*Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Maya Slater sc. (rather good)

*Dear Mr Darcy by Amanda Grange tpb (very good)

*Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins tpb (very good)

Looking forward to reading these recent finds :0)


Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson tpb.

Only Mr. Darcy will do by Kara Louise tpb.

The Truth About Mr. Darcy by Susan Adriani tpb.

and my DH found this in the last copy section of Chapters :0)

*Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen V. Wasylowski – delightful and unusual take on Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam’s relationship. Totally recommend this slightly off beat book. :0) sc.

Other recent purchases, as yet unread


The Darcy Cousins by Monica Fairview

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle

The Bad Miss Bennet by Jean Burnett (Lydia)

 There are reference books and biographies as well.


Jane Austen: A life by Claire Tomlin tbp

A Brief Guide to Jane Austen: The Life and Times of the World’s Favourite Author by Charles Jennings sc.

*The Complete World of Jane Austen by Lauren Nixon hc. (total disappointment, wouldn’t bother with this one)

My family and friends keep me well supplied, and DH & DS but up with my Austen observations.

Just for fun go check out The Republic of Pemberley website for everything Austen. DH found it while surfing the net…awesome!

Note: * = have read, sc.= softcover, tpb. = trade paperback, hc. = hardcover, eb. = ebook

Sea of Dreams KAL: Blocking with Blocking Wires

Really great artical. Blocking makes all the difference to many projects!


So you have finished your Sea of Dreams Blanket, now what? Well, with lace, it is especially important to wash and block your knitting.

What is blocking anyway? When you block a knit object, you are shaping it out to specific dimensions or until it has the look you want in the finished object. Blocking is worked with a damp object. For lace, blocking is so important because it looks all rumpled and you can’t really see the pattern when you take it off the needle. When you stretch the lace out you can see the beautiful work. The way to do this is wet your work and then stretch and hold it in place until it dries. The result will be an object that looks like you imagined it to in your mind’s eye.

I talked about washing your knitting in this post. Washing your blanket will be…

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Thank you Bev for the size charts!

I am passing on these measurement lists that I found at Bev’s Country cottage blog

Hats: (newborn to Adult)

Newborns  Head Circumference 13″ – 14 ”  33-36cm; hat circ = 11.5″ – 13″ Hat height = 5.5 to 6″ 13-15 cm

Baby – 3 to 6 months   Head Circumference: 14″ – 17 ”  36-43 cm; Hat height= 6.5 – 7″ 15-18 cm

Baby – 6 to 12 months Head Circumference: 16″ – 19 ” 41-48 cm ;  Hat height = 7.5″  18 cm

Toddler – preschooler (12 months – 3 years) Head Circumference: 18″ to 20 ” 46 -48 cm; Hat height = 8″  20 cm

Child (3 – 10 years) Head Circumference: 19″ – 20 1/2″  48-51 cm; Hat height =8.5″  22cm

Pre-teens and Teens  Hat Head Circumference: 20 1/2″ – 22″   53 -56 cm; height 9-10″  25 cm

Adult Woman Head Circumference:  21.5″ – 22.5″  Hat height = 11″

Adult Man Head Circumference:  23″ – 24″  58.4 cm – 61 cm; Hat height = 11″-11.5″

Feet: (Premmie to Adult)

Foot Size Chart for babies

Preemies 1-2 lbs Foot Length 1″ – 1 3/4″  2½-4 cm

2-3 lbs
Foot Length 2″ – 2 1/2″  4-5 cm

3-5 lbs
Foot Length 2 1/2″ – 3″  5-7 cm

5-7 lbs
Foot Length 3″ – 3 1/2″  7-9 cm

7-9 lbs
Foot Length 3 1/4″ – 3 3/4″  9-10 cm (most needed size for newborns)

OLDER KIDS FEET For older kids and adults, feet vary so much in size, you will need to measure each persons foot to be more accurate.

3 -6  months Foot Length 4″ – 4.5″  10-12 cm

6 months – 1 year 4.25″ – 4.75″  12-13 cm

18 months – 2 years
Foot Length    4.5″ – 5.5″ 13-14 cm

2 years – 4 years
Foot Length  5.5″ – 6″ 14-15 cm

5-8 years
Foot Length 6” – 7″ 16-18 cm

12 years Foot Length 7″ – 8.5″ 18-21 cm

Adult  Woman Foot Length  8″ – 11″  20-27 cm (I wear a size 9.5-10 (European 42) women’s shoe and my foot measures 10.5″ 26 cm not standing on it.)

Adult Man Foot Length 10″ – 12″  25-36 cm (My son wears a 12.5 (European 46) shoe and his foot measures 11.25″ 27 cm  long not standing on it.)

I found this SOCK ANALYSIS CHART that lists so much information about sock sizes for all ages!

Sweater measurements: (2yrs to 14yrs)

Approximate Sweater Measurements- remember children vary in height and width but these are meant to be a guideline.  If you are making these for humanitarian causes, the sweater you make will fit someone:

Size in years:

Age 2-3:   Chest – 22″   Back neck to waist – 9″   Sleeve –  12.25 -13″

Age 4-5:   Chest –  24″   Back neck to waist – 11″   Sleeve – 15″

Age 6-7:   Chest –  27″   Back neck to waist – 12″   Sleeve – 16.5″

Age 8-9:   Chest –  29″   Back neck to waist – 13″   Sleeve – 17.5″

Age 10-11:   Chest – 30″   Back neck to waist – 14.25″   Sleeve – 18″

Age 12-13:   Chest – 32″   Back neck to waist –  15.25″   Sleeve – 21″

Age 14:   Chest – 34   Back neck to waist – 15.5″   Sleeve – 24″


Blanket Sizes (approximate) For preemies, blankets without ‘holes’ are best.

Small Preemie: 18″ – 20″ square 45 cm – 50 cm square

Medium Preemie: 20″ – 22″ square 50 cm – 56 cm sq

Large Preemie: 22″ – 30″ square 55 cm – 75 cm sq

Full Term Baby: 32″ – 36″ square  80-90 cm sq

Baby 30″ x 36″ = crib sized (6″ granny squares= 5 across x 6 down ~ 30 sq)

Children  42″x 48″  (6″ squares= 7 across x 8 down ~ 56 sq)

Lapghan often used in seniors homes 36″ x 48″ (6″ squares= 6 across x 8 down ~ 48 squares)
Adult Afghan (Will fit across top of bed)  48″ x 72″ = twin sized.  (6″ squares= 8 across x 12 down ~ 96 squares) Adult Double Bed  (Will fit across top of bed and over just a bit)  60″ x 84″ = full sized.  (6″ squares= 10 across x 14 down ~ 160 squares)

I recommend crocheting a double crocheted or shell crocheted edge around each blanket to finish it nicely. Most places that serve others won’t need these size mattress covers, but some of you might for family etc.  These are the actual mattress sizes though and not the blanket sizes.  You will need to make the blankets at least 6″ wider and longer so they fit over a person when laying on the bed.  In fact a foot larger would be more comfy!

Queen Mattress 60″ wide x 80″ long
Cal-King Mattress 72″ wide x 84″ long
King Mattress 76″ wide x 80″ long


Baking soda useful stuff!



FO Friday: A really useful thing!


Good Morning all!

Hey, 25,000 views! whoohoo!

I’ve had visitors from all over, from Australia to the Ukraine and even a visitor from Cyprus! The list of followers is growing too. Thanks for your support and validation! I will endeavour to inprove improve both my spelling and my content. My Blogs anniversary is coming up on January 22, watch for a treat!


Meanwhile I continue to stashbust the little balls of leftover sock yarn in my stash tin!

I made 3 of these Yarn Ball Cosies. I tried the plastic mash ones, these are so much better!


Yarn Ball Cosy


I like to pull my yarn from the centre of the ball, needless to say this becomes a mess when the centre finally collapses. The Large one takes about 14gms, Small one about 12gms of fingering or sock yarn. I made mine 4″ long. The red one is a small ball the others are the large size.

Can you tell I really like these handy little cosies?

Can you tell I really like these handy little cosies?

Did you see this on Ravelry: I am going to start linking things I see on Rav that appeal to me and that you might have missed. This week A Better Bucket by Amy Swenson. Tina at Soper Creek yarns made this. It was so much nicer than the picture!

Book of the week: The Complete World of Jane Austen by Lauren Nixon

DH gifted this to me at Christmas. What an interesting little book, full of details, and snipets on Austens live and times, pictures of places that informed her work. The tidbits on fashion, her family and overviews of her works though brief, were interesting.

I would recommend it if you are a Regency fan and particularly of Jane Austen

Music Link: Watkins Ale – Music of the English Renaissance

FO’s 2013 = 0 + 3 = 3

WIPS 2013 = 9

Stash Used 2013 = 0 + 1 = 1

Books 2013 = 3 + 1 = 4

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Unclog your sink



FO Friday: Coffee anyone? I know I need some!

Friday has rolled around again, and I haven’t finished much. Yesterday was spent in a waiting room at the Hospital. What a day – 4 hours! Procedure went fine. MiL took a spill arriving home. Ok finally got her home and comfortable, settled for a rest. Went home had shower and nap, woke to go back to the hospital again – Pancreatitis, complication from gasto thing to remove gallstone, another 8 hours in the hospital… She is one sick little cookie, she is looking rather small and sad. Have to say Canadian Medicine rocks, the nurses and Doctors could not he kinder and more active in trying to fix her up! She is in for the night, wonder what today will bring. Getting a little tired.

Did finish a new Coffee Cup Sweater so my coffee cup is going to stay warm in this really cold winter weather. See link to new free pattern!

Safety Line marker, It’s a good thing!

While making socks with after thought heels, I decided that using waste yarn didn’t work for me so this experiment was born. I have used these threaded throught as safety lines several times, they went in easily, stayed in place and where easily removed. They are reuseable, a great little tool. Going to make long ones for shawl knitting safety lines. See link to free instructions on above.

Safety Line in use as a waste yarn for after thought heels.

You will need: 24” of 9 Ib plastic line 2 size 6/0 beads 1 light weight bead 1 – 2mm crip bead scissors pliers

This weeks book is Oceans of Fire by Christine Feehan #3 in the Drake Sisters series. Abbey is the sister that has the gift of truth, this isolates her from others as she must be very careful not to use her talent accidentally. Her affinity for the ocean draws her into deep waters.


FO’s 2012 = 5

WIP’s 2012 = 6

Stash used = 6

Stash Purchase = 3

Books = 6

Well that’s it for me, thanks for stopping by. Have a good weekend, Things can only improve here.     

If you have a moment please leave a comment.

For more great “Finished Objects” go visit Tami’s Blog.

Video Tutorials: Useful stuff from Lucy Neatby

 Lucy Neatby is one of my favourite knitters, she does great tutorials and DVD’s too!

  1. German Twisted Cast on (deeper edge good for socks)
  2. Navajo knitting (Make 3 times thicker)
  3. Tidiest Bobble stitch; making 3 from one

As you can see well worth buying her DVD’s

Techniques: Another way to Graft with knitting needle

While hunting the web looking for a way to expand to a friend how to graft stitches together I found this. Have used it several times, works wonderfully. Uses knitting needle rather than darning needle!

Thanks TECHknitting!

Step 1:
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K st step1 Wrap (bring) the working yarn around to the front of the work.  NOTE that the working yarn passes UNDER the two left needles, and UNDER the right working needle.  Insert the right working needle into the first stitch (green) on the left front needle, and use the working yarn to PURL this first stitch.  Draw the working yarn backwards (away from you) all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free.  The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be in the area between the left needles. The stitch (green) which you were working is now fully bound off.  Push this stitch off the left front needle.

Step 2:
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The working yarn should now be in the area between the left front and left rear needles.  Insert the right working needle into the next stitch (purple)–which is the second stitch on the left front needle. Use the working yarn to KNIT this stitch.  Draw the working yarn forward (towards you) all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free of the stitch.  The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be in the front of the work.  The stitch (purple) you were working on is only half bound off–you must leave this stitch on the left front needle.

Step 3:
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Wrap the working yarn around to the back of the work. NOTE that the working yarn again passes UNDER all the needles on its trip to the back of the work.  Insert the right working needle into first stitch on the left rear needle (blue) and use the working yarn to KNIT this stitch. Draw working yarn forward all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free.  The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be in the area between the two left needles. The stitch (blue) you were working is fully bound off–push this stitch off the left rear needle.

Step 4:
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The working yarn should be in the area between the left front and left rear needles. Insert the right working needle into the second stitch on the left rear needle (teal) and use the working yarn to PURL this stitch.  Draw the working yarn backwards all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free. The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be at the back of the work. The stitch (teal) you were working is only half bound off–you must leave this stitch on the left rear needle.
These four steps are repeated again and again to create a Kitchener stitched seam. If you want to chant the steps to yourself as you work, here is the mantra:

  • Step 1: Purl front, push the stitch off
  • Step 2: Knit front, leave the stitch on
  • Step 3: Knit rear, push the stitch off
  • Step 4: Purl rear, leave the stitch on

Knitting: A cute idea for the traveling knitter

Derya Davenport invented this useful little Abacus Pouch

the pattern can be down loaded for free

from her Blog.


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